With the 2004 recruiting class secured for KU basketball fans, it's time to learn about up and coming players who could be stars for Bill Self down the road. Joe Darger is a 6'6" off guard and small forward who will graduate from high school in 2005. The Riverton, Utah product is interested in Kansas and vice versa. Other schools in the early hunt to land Darger include Utah, Gonzaga, Connecticut, and Arizona State.
Darger plays small forward in high school, but he believes that could change at the next level. "I think I'll be playing two guard in college, or maybe the three." He's averaging 17 points per game for the Riverton High Silverwolves who sport a 7-2 record this season.
Regardless of what position he plays in college, Darger will put effort into it. Before school in the off season the 17 year old would get up around 5:30 in the morning and work on his game. Darger describes what he feels are the strongest parts of his package. "I'm well rounded, I can do just about everything on the court. I like to play inside and outside, and I'm not scared to hustle and get the job done."
When asked about possibly coming to Lawrence to play for Bill Self, Darger showed quite a bit of interest. "It's definitely a school I will think about taking a visit to see what the place is all about."
Darger wants to making an immediate impact at the school he selects. "The biggest thing for me is playing time. What positions will be open, and if I will be playing or sitting on the bench." The high school junior is undetermined on what he wants to study in college.
If Kansas wants to sign Darger, The University of Utah appears to be a program the KU coaches will have to battle. Darger gives his thoughts on the Utes. "Utah is an established program who has success every year. It's close to home which is also a plus." Riverton is about 10 miles away from Salt Lake City where the University of Utah is located.
The prep star went on to share what he likes about Rick Majerus whose in his 15th year as the head coach at Utah. "He's a really good coach. If you have the potential to be a great player, he'll get you there."
Off the court, Darger spends his spare time watching movies, hanging out with friends, and bowling. Riverton, Utah is just outside of the mountains, but the basketball player avoids hitting the slopes. "A lot of people like to go snow boarding, but I don't want to get hurt and wreck basketball."